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TransitScreen Wins Transportation Research Board “Six Minute Pitch” Contest

My TransitScreen cofounder Matt Caywood (a Mobility Lab contributor) and I recently had the honor – along with three other transportation startups – of presenting our “Six Minute Pitch” at the Transportation Research Board (TRB) 93rd Annual Meeting in Washington D.C. on January 14. We won, and the biggest benefit is that we received recognition at an event with nearly… Read more »

“Hot Zone” Commuters Taking Bikeshare to Use Metro

In Capital Bikeshare’s 2013 customer survey, the local government regional partnership that created the service asked who made trips to and from Metro. It turns out that 54 percent of our customers do. So how far do Capital Bikeshare customers ride to get to and from Metro and their home? Well, we had some interesting… Read more »

Activity Centers: Economic Engines and Livable Places

“For many people, this is a neighborhood where you can live, you can work, you can shop, you can have lots of cultural and recreational choices, all in the same place,” explains Harriet Tregoning, director of the District of Columbia Office of Planning, in describing NoMA in a new video from my organization – the Metropolitan Washington… Read more »

The Case for Activity Centers in the D.C. Region

Atlanta has Livable Centers. San Francisco has Priority Development Areas. And here in D.C., we have Activity Centers. Different terms, similar concepts: places or hubs in large metropolitan areas where future growth is designated, encouraged, and concentrated. Activity Centers have big implications regarding efficiencies in transportation, sustainability, and livability, particularly in a post-recession environment of… Read more »

Top 10 Mobility Lab Stories of 2013

We go in a lot of directions at Mobility Lab. But – in a world with a booming population, ever-dirtier air from traffic pollution, and idealists who simply want to spend their time any other way but in traffic jams – we always bring it back to the concept of “moving people – not cars.” Within that… Read more »

Real Estate Near Metro Stations Appears to Be Worth a Premium

My office is about three blocks away from the Rosslyn Metro in Arlington, Virginia. I walk uphill each morning. On most days, it is enough to work up a sweat. One day recently, it was enough to get me covered in fresh-falling snow. Would my job satisfaction increase if my office were closer to Metro?… Read more »

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“Riders Love Arlington Transit, Want More of It”

As Arlington residents, employees, and visitors have grown accustomed to transit in the county, they have come to embrace it, and, having enjoyed it, they want more of it. At least, that’s one takeaway from a recent survey of nearly 3,000 Arlington Transit (ART) riders. According to the survey, ART riders are happy with the… Read more »

ART Bus in Arlington Has Loyal, Diverse Ridership

Bus ridership is getting the respect it deserves. Or at least that is the case in Arlington County, Virginia according to a new report released today by Arlington County Commuter Services (ACCS). The report, titled Arlington Transit Ridership Study, contains the results of a survey of Arlington Transit (ART) riders that was administered by LDA… Read more »

Walkability, Parking, and TDM Influence Whether You Drive

This article was originally published by Greater Greater Washington.  Arlington has tried to reduce traffic by clustering development around transit and using transportation demand management (TDM) programs to raise awareness of alternatives to driving. According to a new study of residential buildings, it’s working. We found that regardless of age or whether a building is… Read more »

Financial Returns for Arlington Transportation Yielding Healthy Sums

If an additional 1 percent of Arlington adults started getting the CDC-recommended levels of physical activity by walking or biking for their daily commute, the annual cost savings would be $7.5 million in the first year due to reduced mortality and $12 million per year due to reductions in lost productivity, workers’ compensation claims, and… Read more »